Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

You're Now Entering the Yarnosphere

You're Now Entering the Yarnosphere

Knitters are set to purl their way to Costa Mesa for one mega meet-up. Read »

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Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Big Squeeze Sounds in Costa Mesa

The Big Squeeze Sounds in Costa Mesa

Masters of the bellows make for Orange County (with accordions in tow). Read »

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Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free OC Flicks with Theatrical Ties

Free OC Flicks with Theatrical Ties

The Segerstrom Center's popular Movie Mondays are set to unspool. Read »

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The '80s Visit Costa Mesa

The '80s Visit Costa Mesa

A Day-Glo party precedes "Flashdance -- The Musical." Leg warmers on! Read »

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Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

75+ Vendors: SoCal Spring Garden Show

75+ Vendors: SoCal Spring Garden Show

Make for Costa Mesa and get your little patch o' land shipshape. Read »

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Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

It's a Big, Big, Big Pet Expo

It's a Big, Big, Big Pet Expo

Dogs, cats, and all sorts of beasties are the stars in Costa Mesa. Read »

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Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 6:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pow! A Live-Action Comic Book

Pow! A Live-Action Comic Book

Two nights of "Pow!" and "Zap!" head for a Costa Mesa stage. Read »

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Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

The comedian will reprise some favorites, for one night only, in Costa Mesa. Read »

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Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Wicked" Casts a Bit of Magic: A Ticket Lottery

The Segerstrom Center announces a lottery for day-of seats. Read »

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Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Jazz Festival Goes on the Road

Monterey Jazz Festival Goes on the Road

The celebrated music festival spends a day in Orange County. Read »

About
A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.